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The legendary James Cotton played the TLA on Friday, September 6th for the final concert of XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project. The 78 year old blues man performed with the energy of a twenty-something to a sold out crowd, playing songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man, along with some classics including “Got My Mojo Workin’” that you can watch below. Listen to the entire concert here. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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We’re saddened to hear that James “T-Model” Ford has passed away. He was 94. Born James Lewis Carter Ford in Forest, Mississippi. T-Model was a hard hitting and raw sounding Delta bluesman. While he played music for most his life, it wasn’t until the mid-1990′s the he played outside of Mississippi and released his debut on Fat Possum records in 1997, Pee-Wee Get My Gun. Go here for his discography. Below, check out a couple videos of Ford.

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Below, from our session with David Bromberg, watch him perform “Kind-Hearted Woman,” and “Wee Midnight Hours.” You can listen to the full session here.

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Mississippi blues singer Robert “Wolfman” Belfour will perform at next Friday’s Mississippi Blues Project concert at World Cafe Live. A native of Red Banks, Miss., and a student of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbourgh, Belfour made his name in Memphis before traveling and gaining popularity among the European audience. He released two albums on Fat Possum Records in the early aughts, and will perform during Free at Noon at World Cafe Live on Friday, February 15th, alongside Anthony “Big A” Sherrod and Robert “Bilbo” Walker Jr. To attend the concert, RSVP here. If you can’t be there in concert, you can stream the concert online at XPN.org beginning at 12 p.m. EST on February 15th. Below, watch a video of Belfour performing “Hill Stomp.”

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Meet Jackson Mississippi’s Jarekus Singleton by Jonny Meister

December 9, 2012
Jarekus Singleton CD Heartfelt

Jarekus Singleton is a young bluesman from Jackson MS. He’s certainly a hometown favorite, but his name is starting to be known in other places. His influences are not strictly “Mississippi” artists, but he is an invigorating influence to the [...]

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Watch Muddy Waters and Friends, live on Soundstage, 1974

October 22, 2012
Watch Muddy Waters and Friends, live on Soundstage, 1974

The legendary Muddy Waters, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on April 4, 1915, appeared on an episode of Soundstage from the show’s very first season as a syndicated show in 1974. Filmed in the studios of WTTW in Chicago, Muddy [...]

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Watch the Cedric Burnside Project at the Philly Folk Festival

August 28, 2012
Watch the Cedric Burnside Project at the Philly Folk Festival

Big George Brock and Cedric Burnside Project performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival on Sunday, August 19th for our first Mississippi Blues Project concert. Watch a video of Burnside and guitarist Trenton Ayers perform “Po Black Mattie” below. Our next [...]

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Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes playing the next MBP concert at World Cafe Live in October

August 22, 2012
Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes playing the next MBP concert at World Cafe Live in October

Mark your calendars now for the next show in the Mississippi Blues Project series. On Monday, October 22nd, Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Guitarist Holmes, in his mid-Sixties, is from Bentonia, Mississippi and is the owner of the [...]

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Bala Cynwyd’s Greatest Bluesman – by Jonny Meister

August 15, 2012
Bala Cynwyd’s Greatest Bluesman – by Jonny Meister

I call him “Bala Cynwyd’s Greatest Bluesman.” He has been in the western Philadelphia suburb since 1969, though it would be inaccurate to say he lives there. Skip James is buried in Merion Memorial Park, down the street from the [...]

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Get to know: Jessie Mae Hemphill

August 14, 2012
Get to know: Jessie Mae Hemphill

Jesse Mae Hemphill was an award-winning electric guitarist, singer and songwriter who specialized in Northern Mississippi country blues. She was born in 1934 near Como and Senatobia, Mississippi in Northern Mississippi just east of the Mississippi Delta. According to Livin [...]

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Son House “Death Letter Blues” by Jonny Meister

August 9, 2012
Son House “Death Letter Blues” by Jonny Meister

Son House was one of the most deeply affecting blues performers of all time. He had done some preaching in Mississippi, and was apparently quite good at it, though in his own life, the booze and the women kept him [...]

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The North Mississippi All Stars: keeping the Delta blues alive

July 25, 2012
Photo by Jason Thrasher

The North Mississippi All-Stars have been keeping the Delta Blues alive since the band’s 2000 debut Shake Hands With Shorty. Featuring brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew, the trio’s music has deep roots in the Mississippi hill country blues, influenced by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.

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